This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, May 21, 2004 covering the period
May 14 – May 21, 2004.
More COMMON LOONS were sighted this week, including one at
Herrick’s Cove on May 16th, two off Grand Isle on the 17th and three on the
19th, and one in Mississquoi Bay on the 18th. A PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen
at Black Creek Wildlife Refuge in St. Albans on the 16th of May. A GREAT
EGRET was spotted at Herrick’s Cove on the 15th and a pair in Mississquoi
Bay on the 18th. Three GREEN HERONS were seen at Herrick’s Cove on the 16th
and one in Shoreham on May 20th.
Several sightings of OSPREYS were made recently: one on the 14th
was sitting on a nest at West Mt. Pond near Maidstone, one was on a nest
opposite Basin Harbor Road in Ferrisburgh, and one individual was seen at
the Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area. A BALD EAGLE was spotted at
Herrick’s Cove on the 15th and 16th of May. An AMERICAN KESTREL was spotted
in Orwell and a MERLIN in Addison on May 15th.
Rails were seen and heard in several locations in the state this
week. A VIRGINIA RAIL was observed in West Rutland Marsh on May 15th, in
Thetford Center on the 17th,and on Grand Isle and at Mud Creek WMA on the
19th. A SORA was present in the swamp on Green Street south of Vergennes and
at Black Creek in St. Albans on May 16th, and in Thetford Center and at
Little Otter Creek on the 17th. A COMMON MOORHEN was sighted at Black Creek
in St. Albans on the 16th, and at Little Otter Creek Wildlife Management
Area and in Thetford Center on May 17th.
Shorebirds were spotted with some regularity this week. Three
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were seen at Herrick’s Cove on May 15th. One GREATER
YELLOWLEGS was observed at the West Rutland Marsh and a LESSER YELLOWLEGS in
Brandon and Addison, also on the 15th. SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were seen in
Brandon on the 15th, Little Otter Creek WMA on the 17th, and on Grand Isle,
on the 19th of May. SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were seen in Brandon, Orwell, Dead
Creek, Middlebury, and at Wrightsville Reservoir. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was
seen in Addison on the 15th of May. A SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER was seen in
Brandon on the 15th of May, and two on Grand Isle on May 19th. LEAST
SANDPIPERS were seen in Brandon and Addison on the 15th, Herrick’s Cove on
the 16th, and on Grand Isle (28) on the 19th. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was
spotted in Brandon on May 15th. A single DUNLIN was spotted at Herrick’s
Cove on May 16th. Seventy-four BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen on Grand Isle on
the 17th of May, and forty-two on the 19th. A BLACK TERN was seen on the
16th at the Brilyea Access at Dead Creek.
A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was singing at Herrick’s Cove and in
Norwich on the 15th of May, as well as in East Barnard on May 20th, and a
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen in Rockingham in the Bellows Falls Village
Forest on the 15th.
A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen and heard at Herrick’s Cove on the
16th of May. In Addison on the 15th, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was sighted.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen in Montpelier at VINS’s North Branch
Nature Center on the 21st of May. EASTERN WOOD PEEWEES have returned,
gracing the woods of Ira and Brandon on the 15th of May, Thetford Hill State
Park and Colchester on the 16th, and Norwich on the 19th. YELLOW-THROATED
VIREOS were in Ira on the 15th, Herrick’s Cove on the 16th of May.
A HORNED LARK was sighted in Addison on May 15th, as were PURPLE
MARTINS. CAROLINA WRENS were on Grand Isle and in Norwich on the 19th .
MARSH WRENS were reported in West Rutland Marsh and Herrick’s Cove this
week. BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS were seen at Herrick’s Cove on the 15th of May,
as well as at Mud Creek WMA on the 19th. BROWN THRASHERS are back, having
been sighted in the West Rutland Marsh and Ira on the 15th of May. A pair
was seen in Rochester on the 18th.
Many warblers are back. Interesting sightings include two BLUE-WINGED
WARBLERS were seen and heard in the West Rutland Marsh along the Pleasant
Street power line, as well as at Herrick’s Cove and in Rockingham at the
Bellows Falls Village Forest on May 15th. One GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was
seen at the Snake Mountain trailhead in Addison on the 15th of May. A
TENNESSEE WARBLER was seen at Mud Creek WMA on May 19th and 2-3 were seen
foraging through barberry, apple and red cedar on Grand Isle on the 19th. A
CAPE MAY WARBLER was singing at the entrance to Minard’s Pond in Rockingham,
also on the 15th. A PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen along the Pleasant Street
power line in West Rutland, and two were seen in Brandon on May 15th. A
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER was observed in Williston on the 16th of May and at Mud
Creek WMA on the 19th. A MOURNING WARBLER was seen on the 15th of May at
Herrick’s Cove. A pair of BLACKPPOLL WARBLERS was sighted at Herrick’s Cove
on the 16th of May, 5 individuals were seen at Mud Creek on the 19th and one
was observed in Hartland and in Montpelier on the 21st. Birders at VINS
North Branch Nature Center were treated to a beautiful of a MOURNING
WARBLER on May 21st.
A VESPER SPARROW was seen in Addison on the 15th of May, and SAVANNAH
SPARROWS were sighted at the West Rutland Marsh, the Cobb Hill property in
Hartland and Fay Hill on Grand Isle this week.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited above:
Jean Arrowsmith, Gregory Askew, George Clark, Susan Elliott, Bruce
Flewelling, Steve Hagenbuch, David Hoag, Pam Hunt, Mary Holland, Jenepher
Lingelbach, Linda McElvany, Ron Payne, Nancy Perlee, Bryan Pfeiffer, Bill
and Jean Prue, Chris Rimmer, Larry Rogers, Steve Smith, John Sutton, Mike
and Kira Winslow.
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